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Claim Filed Against City Over LAPD Bicycle Incident Seen on YouTube

Manual Gallegos shows his now-damaged iPhone he used to film the incident | Photo by Zach Behrens/LAist
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The videographer apparently tackled by police during a large bicycle ride last Friday today filed a claim against the city of Los Angeles, he and lawyers announced today. The claim is based on assault, battery, false arrest, false imprisonment and First, Fourth and 14th amendment civil rights violations, among other legal theories, his lawyer Hermez Moreno said.

On Friday, a large group of cyclists participating in a Critical Mass ride protesting the BP oil spill, were riding down Hollywood Boulevard. Among the various stories told by cyclists of police abuse, 31-year-old Manuel Gallegos, who works in the aerospace industry, began documenting the action. After an officer kicked his foot out, allegedly in an attempt to hit a passing bike, Gallegos screamed before police used force on him. Here's what claim says about the incident: